Ranting is becoming a nightly ritual it seems but I feel so passionately about this that I must speak. I’ve already initiated a firestorm on Twitter complete with the information for people to Tweet, email or call both the PA Department of Corrections as well as the administrator. I don’t read the news much and rarely watch television so was unaware until a short time ago that yet another irresponsible law enforcement officer left his K9 partner to die in a hot patrol car. K9 Officer Totti, a 2 year old drug detection dog from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections was left inside the squad car for TWO HOURS while his handler, Sgt.  Chad Holland, attended a training session INSIDE the prison. In July. In the heat. How stupid! How abusive! How utterly cruel!

Timeline:
12:15 p.m.- Dog handler stored training items in his vehicle at the end of a training session.
2:44 p.m.- Dog handler realized Totti was locked in the car. Dog handler and other Drug Interdiction Union staff cooled Totti down with water and carefully placed him in ice to reduce body temperature.
2:58 p.m.- Totti was  placed in truck and driven to vet clinic.
4:15 p.m.- Totti’s body temperature was back to normal, but creatine levels were high; blood sugar was low but being treated; heart rate remained elevated
7:30 p.m.- Totti passed away

K9 Totti in all probability died of acute kidney failure.

I am so tired of reading about K9’s being left in a closed patrol car and dying from the heat. How can we as a society trust an officer who is sworn to protect and serve us when he FAILS to protect the life of his K9 partner? Because he forgot? Sgt. Holland wasn’t on a 3 hour foot pursuit; he was inside an air conditioned correctional facility while Totti died an agonizing death.

Dogs feel heat differently than humans do. They sweat differently too. Dogs sweat by panting and by sweating from their paws. However, a dog trapped in a hot car can’t effectively rid its body of enough of the heat by panting and sweating ~ simply because there’s not enough cool, fresh air to replace the heated, stale air. Therefore, a dog breathing in warm/hot air for too long will suffer heatstroke …and will die.
In simple terms, heatstroke occurs when a dog loses its natural ability to regulate its body temperature. Dogs don’t sweat all over their bodies the way humans do. Canine body temperature is primarily regulated through respiration (i.e., panting). If a dog’s respiratory tract cannot evacuate heat quickly enough, heatstroke can occur.
The Animal Protection Institute (API) conducted their own study that showed that deadly temperatures can quickly build inside a closed vehicle, even with moderately warm temperatures outside. The study found that even at 9 a.m. with an outside temperature of 82 degrees, the closed automobile registered 109 degrees inside! The API’s study also measured vehicles with cracked windows. With 4 windows cracked, an 88-degree day outside turned into a 103-degree sauna inside the vehicle at 10 a.m. In essence, a death sentence for the dog. This is blatant animal abuse ~ by cop. In 2015 alone there were (12) K9 officer deaths from hot cars. Halfway into 2016 and it appears the US might have even more.
What amazes me even more is how the media outlets in PA have circled the wagons around the handler and are not identifying him. I finally got his name from a NY paper .

This is beyond sickening. Pets, K9 partners, children ~ all left to die in a hot car. I simply cannot fathom nor wrap my head around it.

Justice for K9 Totti

4 thoughts on “RIP K9 Officer Totti ~ End of Watch…

  1. i could not finish reading without crying….in another of my posts i too wondered about human cruelty and apathy….i recently lost my fur baby and that was heart wrenching but he was ill and we made him as comfortable as we could before he passed on but to intentionally leave your partner thats heart breaking and irresponsible

  2. I agree on both counts. Freeing a beloved pet from pain and stress of illness is the hardest and most selfless thing we do.
    The K9 Officer’s unnecessary death (the third K9 to die from being left in hit squad car in ONE MONTH in US) has provoked me more than any issue in a long time. I have created a semi- Twitter firestorm and have no intention of stopping. These dogs are highly trained & will give their life for their human partner. Yet the human “forgets” his partner is in a hot car for hours? I can’t fathom that but again, I’ve never been able to accept that an animal owner, parent or cop could forget their pet, child or K9 in a hot car. That brings a whole new meaning to the word negligent. The most infuriating thing is that the more I’ve delved into this issue the past few days, the more I realize that police departments typically circle the wagons around the negligent cop. It’s only been recently and only a few departments that are actually charging the officer with a crime. We need to elevate the status of these K9 officers so that their tragic and preventable deaths are taken more seriously and the human officer that “forgot” is punished accordingly. I better stop as I am truly still on a rampage about this. Thanks!!

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